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Septic tank inspections urged

December 18, 2010
Kathleen Meckstroth

The Washington County Health Department was saddened by the tragic accident resulting in the recent death of Bensen Baker, the 2-year old who fell into the septic tank at his home. Although the health department does not have a septic inspection program, it does provide information to homeowners on proper installation and maintenance of these systems. One of the requirements of installation is that the septic tank must have a minimum of one opening for inspection and cleaning. However, the rules also state that the cover must be secured. The Health Department advises each home owner to inspect their system to determine that if the tank is covered and bolted so that another tragedy does not occur.



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